Alcohol detox Florida can help you or someone you love regain control of their life from addiction. Alcoholism can cause people to have long lasting physical, behavioral, and mental problems. Those who have engaged in drinking for years may have pushed away family members and surrounded themselves only with activities and people that support their behavior. Physically, alcohol can cause liver and kidney damage, and can be a cause for diabetes. While alcohol withdrawal and alcohol treatment can be tough, it is the most effective way to overcome the disease. Alcohol detox Florida programs are designed to help you live a healthier, happier life.
Alcohol dependence, binge drinking and alcoholism all fall under the umbrella of alcohol use disorders (AUD). As defined by the NIDA, AUD is a relapsing brain disease demonstrated by cravings, uncontrollable drinking, withdrawal symptoms and high tolerance levels. Many scientific studies also validate the premise that environmental exposure and genetic factors are major contributors to the development of alcoholism. However, good coping skills are equally important as a deterrent to alcohol problems even if you are genetically predisposed through family history. In fact, people who identified and implemented strategies for coping with an alcoholic in the family were less likely to become alcoholics themselves. According to scientific studies supported by the NIDA, more than a half of all children of alcoholics do not become an alcoholic. The determining factors for alcoholism in families were strongly influenced by risk factors and coping skills.
The detox process can result in the person exhibiting two or more of the following symptoms:
Some initial symptoms of alcohol detox include:
- Persistent headache
- Profuse sweating
As the detox process wears on, many people may experience additional symptoms that display alongside the initial ones. These include:
- Strong cravings to drink alcohol
- Increased blood pressure
- Elevated body temperature
- Faster-than-normal breathing rate
- Increased heartbeat
- Heart palpitations
- Nightmares and vivid dreams
The most severe form of alcohol withdrawal syndrome is Delirium Tremens (DTs), which is considered a medical emergency. Symptoms include:
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
- Mood swings
- Extreme confusion
- Tachycardia (abnormally rapid heartbeat)
- Lethal dehydration
- Heart attack
The worst of any acute symptoms should dissipate a few days after the detox process. However, some people may continue to experience Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) that can extend for months. Symptoms of PAWS include:
- Slowed metabolism
- Decreased motivation
- Low energy levels
- Sleep disturbances
Alcohol detox Florida programs provide patients with the medical supervision and recovery tools that allow them to manage their sobriety. For more information, contact an addiction professional who can help.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.